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Fire Dept.: Nataf Fire Caused by Molotov Cocktail from Nearby Arab Village

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The blaze at the communal village of Nataf in Mateh Yehuda Regional Council, just twelve miles west of Jerusalem, in pre-1967 Israel, was most likely caused by a Molotov cocktail that was tossed from behind the fence of the Arab Katane village, just east of the “green line,” Jerusalem District Fire and Rescue spokesperson announced Wednesday.

The initial conclusions of fire investigators are that a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a grassy forest area and the strong and shifty winds helped the fire spread into a nearby canyon.

The fire spread quickly towards kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamisha and religious moshav Mevo Horon, but especially to Nataf. The fire raged through the local natural and planted forests to reach the outer homes of the village, trapping it from the east and from the west. The fire also gutted local ranch style restaurant Rama’s Kitchen (see images).

About 150 firefighters worked through the night Friday and into Saturday this week in Nataf, whose 400 residents were evacuated.

The Fire and Rescue announcement said following the investigation, a final report will be turned over to police.

The fire at Beit Meir in the same area continues.

David Israel

Neve Tzuf (Halamish) Aerial View After the Fires

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

An aerial view of Neve Tzuf (Halamish) after it was hit by pyroterrorism on November 24, 2016.

Video of the Day

Terror Attacks Vary in Style But Continue Across Israel

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Terror attacks are varying in style and method but are continuing in frequency across the Jewish State.

Police report a stun grenade was thrown by unidentified attackers at a car in the quiet Gush Dan town of Kiryat Ono. The attacker in the vehicle from which the grenade was thrown managed to escape, police said. No one was physically injured in the attack, but no details were made available about the condition of the targeted vehicle, and the motive is unclear.

An Egged bus went up in flames at mid-afternoon Monday at the Beit Yehoshua train station, located near Netanya and Herzliya. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

About five minutes earlier, Israel Police responded to disturbances by stone-throwing terrorists in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Police fired stun grenades and tear gas in order to get the mob under control.

In the late afternoon hours, terrorists hurled rocks at two Israeli buses on the road between Efrat and the “T-junction,” about 10 minutes south of Jerusalem. In one of the incidents, the windshield of the bus was smashed.

Earlier in the day, terrorists hurled stones at a car and at Israeli security forces on the same road, in the same place. No injuries reported.

An Israeli public bus came under a stoning attack Monday evening on Route 264, near the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel. None of the passengers were physically injured but there were no details made available about the status of the bus.

Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority also attacked an IDF observation post Monday night near the Jewish community of Ofra, in Samaria. No one was physically injured in the attack, according to local sources. The attackers fled the scene and managed to escape towards the Arab village of Silwad.

Hana Levi Julian

Torah Scroll Torched in Jerusalem’s Har Nof Neighborhood

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

In Jerusalem, fire and rescue personnel were summoned to a fire in a building late Monday night on Rehov HaKablan.

After searching the building, the firefighters were horrified to discover a Torah scroll that had been torched.

It’s not clear who made the call to firefighters, and the Torah does not appear to have been found in a synagogue, raising further questions.

The incident is under investigation, officials said.

This is a developing story.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel On Fire: Where’s the Coverage?

Monday, November 28th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Aish website}

Pyro-Terror in Israel

A friend emailed me from America: Are you anywhere near the eruption of wild fires?

Israel is the size of New Jersey and hundreds of fires have raged nationwide. Everyone is close to the fires! Men were caught with gasoline-soaked rags about a half-mile from my home.

The source of these fires? In many cases, terror. Israeli police released footage from drones and security cameras showing arsonists in action – using Molotov cocktails to set fire to an open field. Fires were even set on the Lebanese side of the border so the wind would carry flames into Israel.

Media Coverage

From a pure news standpoint, the arrest of Palestinians with gas-soaked rags is highly significant. Yet the New York Times downplayed the “pyro-terror” aspect. Readers of the Times report had to wait 318 words before hearing anything about gasoline or other evidence. (And it took days for them to post anything related to the news, despite the evacuation of 75,000 citizens from Haifa.)

In the meantime, Reuters’ bureau chief in Israel, Luke Baker, tweeted a sensationalist Palestinian claim that the fires were set by Jewish settlers trying “to destroy as much as possible of the Palestinian agricultural land.”

Go now to your favorite news outlet, and if the terror aspect is being downplayed, write the editor to complain.

Social Media Incitement

Arab language social media networks are ablaze with incitement for more arson attacks – with hashtag #IsraelBurns” trending in Arabic.

Meanwhile, prominent Arab singer Ahlam al Shamsi – with over 7 million Twitter followers – tweeted dancing emojis and the hope that flames “rip Israel to shreds.”

First-hand Account

One horrific fire in Beit Meir destroyed at least a dozen homes including the lifetime work – thousands of paintings – of Yoram Raanan, a dear friend and spectacular Jewish artist.

 

Yaakov Lehman, another friend in Beit Meir, reports:

At around 2 am Thursday night, terrorists set fire to my small mountain village of Beit Meir. They lit multiple blazes, surrounding the only exit from our moshav with a gulf of flames.

As you can imagine, this made it exceedingly difficult for myself, my pregnant wife, and two kids to escape to safety. We, along with our neighbors, were trapped.

After about an hour of harrowing confusion, firefighters managed to clear a path for the 100 families of Beit Meir to flee the inferno. I watched as dozens of righteous firefighters and police faded into the smokey distance of my rear view mirror.

We fled to Beit Shemesh, and were warmly taken in at 3:30am by an unceasingly kind family.

The forest is a sea of fire. I don’t know if I will have a house to return to.

Pray for us.

The Talmud describes fire’s tremendous power to both build and to destroy. May Israel be protected from the Islamic Fireball seeking to foment destruction.

 

Rabbi Shraga Simmons

Sunday’s Fires Being Brought Under Control

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Six firefighting teams battled flames early Sunday evening at a carpentry shop in Rishon Lezion.

Firefighters reportedly were able to get the blaze under control within a short period of time, according to Walla! News. No physical injuries were reported in the fire. The cause of the blaze is not yet clear.

Israel Railways announced Sunday evening that service between Hadera and Binyamina has resumed, pending approval by Israeli security forces.

Rail service had been interrupted earlier in the day due to a fire in Pardes Hanna in the late afternoon hours.

A brush fire also broke out in the afternoon hours in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood as well but was also later brought under control.

Hana Levi Julian

New Netanyahu-Supertanker Corruption Scandal Brewing [Satire]

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Raviv Drucker of Channel 10 reported a new scandal this evening involving Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Drucker claims the Supertanker sent from the US to Israel, to fight the inexplicable fires burning down the country, was seen diverting from its flight path multiple times during the day and circling over the Prime Minister’s official residence at least three times.

Unnamed witnesses claim they saw the supertanker emptying its water tanks on the Prime Minister’s vehicles parked outside his homes in Caesarea, Jerusalem, the official government residence, and at the cabinet meeting in Haifa, thoroughly washing all the Prime Minister’s vehicles — completely at the taxpayers’ expense. One witness claimed the Prime Minister’s pool in Caesarea was also filled up by the Supertanker.

Drucker claimed that Sara Netanyahu had the plane fly over the vehicles at the official residence three times, as she wasn’t happy with the cleaning job the first two.

Peace Now co-founder Professor Amiram Goldblum claimed that Netanyahu was the main benefactor of bringing in the Supertanker, and that Netanyahu started the arson spree to get the free car washes.

The pilot denies any wrongdoing, and says he only opened the water valves in locations where he was told there were threats to human life and property. He could not recall who gave him the list of locations to fly over or why he circled over one location in Jerusalem so many times.

Minister Naftali Bennett said even if the Prime Minister’s cars were washed then it was for the good of Israel’s security, as that is the Prime Minister’s only concern.

Bennett added, if there really was corruption involved, then obviously the cars would have been waxed and polished too, which he points out they weren’t.

On that point, Raviv Drucker noted the unusual conversation between PM Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, where Netanyahu thanked Abbas were sending over a few crews to help in Haifa, Caesarea and Jerusalem.

Netanyahu’s spokesperson said the phone call was to thank Abbas for his humanitarian gesture, and that the Arab crews sent over did not wax and polish the Prime Minister’s cars as Drucker was implying. Sara could just as easily had some cabinet members or MKs do that for her if she needed it.

There’s also a rumor that a former cleaning lady now in rehab who once interviewed for a job at the PM’s house saw Sara Netanyahu pass to a foreign diplomat a blank envelope with a free carwash coupon inside. This is still unconfirmed.

Technically, Raviv Drucker’s latest report became connected to the submarine scandal once the Prime Minister’s cars were submerged under the thousands of gallons of water that were dumped on them.

Netanyahu’s personal attorney, David Shimron who reportedly brokered the Supertanker deal, was unavailable for comment.

[Reminder: This is satire]

JoeSettler

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